August 23, 2014

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Unemployment in Medina County dips slightly in July

MEDINA — The unemployment rate in Medina County, which increased somewhat in June, dipped one-tenth of a percent last month, according to state data.

The unemployment rate in July was 6.9 percent, which was down from June’s 7 percent, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

“It looks like were trending slightly downward, which is good,” said Bill Hanigan, director of the Medina County Workforce Development Center. “About 1,200 people came back to (work) last month.”

Hanigan noted many people recently hired in Medina County are accepting lower paying jobs or ones they are overqualified for.

Overall, nearly 6,800 people are out of work in Medina County, Hanigan said.

“Although we’re seeing more individuals finding jobs over the past year, many people are underemployed,” Hanigan said.

Medina County’s 6.9 percent unemployment rate for July is lower than many neighboring counties.

The jobless rate in Ashland and Stark counties came in at 10 percent; Cuyahoga and Portage counties, 8.8 percent; Summit County, 8.7 percent; and Wayne and Lorain counties, 8.3 percent, Hanigan said.

The county experienced an unemployment rate as high as 10 percent in February 2010, according to state data. Ohio’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in July and 8.8 percent in June.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.